Types of Submissions
Teaching of Psychology is devoted to improvement of the teaching and learning processes at all educational levels from secondary school through college and graduate school to continuing education. The journal includes empirical research on teaching and learning of psychological concepts and theories; studies of teacher or student characteristics subject matter or content reviews for the psychology class; investigations of psychology student, course, or teacher assessment; professional problems of psychology teachers; innovative psychology course descriptions and evaluation; curriculum designs; and demonstrations and laboratory projects. For most submissions, authors should ideally include empirical assessment of the contribution. The empirical assessment should primarily and directly measure the impact of the technique on the student learning rather than focus predominantly on student self-report of learning. All submissions should explicitly demonstrate how the research is relevant to psychology educators and/or students.
The journal includes four major types of articles: (1) pilot and small-scale studies, (2) conceptual and methodological empirical replications, (3) full-length empirical studies and integrative pieces, and (4) evidence-based strategies for teaching of psychology.
Here are specific details on each of the four major types of articles the journal will consider. For guidance about which section your paper best fits, please contact the editor Aaron S. Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Proof of Concept Corner
This section will house promising pilot studies or small-scale studies. Submissions to this Corner should be shorter articles that provide quantitative evidence for teaching and learning related interventions, establish associations in teaching of psychology variables, and/or to present descriptive data to purpose problems to solve. They must be:
Previously published ToP examples:
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The Replication Corner
As there is a growing concern for replication of studies in psychology and ToP is committed to improving our science. As such, ToP would like to encourage the publication of replication studies. In this section, we encourage authors to not only replicate findings from previously published studies, but to also have some novelty to their study (e.g., different type of institution, psychology subject matter, class size, additional measures, etc.). Submissions in this section must be:
Previously published ToP examples:
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The Science of Teaching & Learning Corner
Submissions to this corner should be full-length articles that are data- or theory-driven, or meta-analytic investigations, or conceptual position articles. Submissions to this section are meant to illuminate teaching of psychology topics with broad implications or importance to SoTL researchers. They may:
Previously published ToP examples:
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The Scholarly Teacher Corner
This corner is meant to provide a forum for shorter articles that provide practical reviews, activities, and/or resources for teachers of psychology to directly use in their classroom or teaching responsibilities. They can be reflective essays, practical activities, nondata driven emerging ideas, subject specific (e.g., abnormal, developmental, etc.), how to incorporate a book into your course, research reviews that illuminate findings for teachers of psychology, translating new research, issues to consider, etc. Articles in this corner should be
Previously published ToP examples:
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Teaching of Psychology welcomes Special Issues. Special Issues in ToP should be concentrated on one topic or issue. For example, in 2018, we published a special issue devoted to professional development in undergraduate psychology majors (see Volume 45, Issue 1). For each Special Issue, there will be at least one guest editor who is in charge of soliciting manuscripts, editing manuscripts, and submitting the Special Issue to the ToP Editor. Once the issue has been formed, each article will go under the double-blind peer review process. The Editor and Associate Editors will provide guidance to the guest editor during he process. Guest editor(s) must select and advertise solicitation of manuscripts publicly and in an open manner (e.g., soliciting manuscripts via the Society of Teaching of Psychology’s list serv).
To submit a proposal (no more than two pages) for a special issue, guest editors must:
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Writing Your Paper
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Peer review policy
Teaching of Psychology adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewers and author(s) are always concealed from both parties.
Peer Review Process: Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 90 days of submission.
All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors, and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal and fit within the aims and scope of the journal will be sent for outside review.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. See APA Guidelines for Authorship. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g., from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Declaration of conflicting interests
Teaching of Psychology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Preregistration, Transparency, and Open Science
Teaching of Psychology is committed to promoting transparent, open, rigorous research. The following procedures are part of the submission process:
Disclosures. As part of the submission procedures, authors will be asked to confirm the following (even though not all apply to all types of research designs):
These items are presented as a checklist in the submission portal, with authors actively confirming adherence to each practice. A separate statement for disclosures is not required but authors can choose to include one in the manuscript if they wish (e.g., the 21-word solution; Simmons, Nelson, & Simonsohn, 2012).
Transparency and Open Science Statement. As part of the submission process authors must include a Transparency and Open Science Statement. This statement will be included as part of the peer review process and will ultimately appear in the Author Note section of accepted manuscripts. The Transparency and Openness Statement must indicate the following:
The statement should appear on a separate page, and all links should direct to active and anonymized web sites. All of the aforementioned questions must be addressed in the statement (1, 2 and/or 3, 4, and 5), whether the answers are yes or no. Additional information may also be provided to explain specific conditions or circumstances. Example statements are as follows:
The analysis code (doi.xxxx) and materials (doi.xxxx) used in this manuscript are openly available. The raw data contained in this manuscript are not openly available due to privacy restrictions set forth by the institutional ethics board, but can be obtained from the corresponding author following the completion of a privacy and fair use agreement. No aspects of the study were pre-registered.
The raw data, analysis code, and materials used in this study are not openly available but are available upon request to the corresponding author. The data collection and analysis were pre-registered (link to URL of pre-registration plan), and all deviations from the pre-registration plan were clearly indicated in the manuscript.
These are just examples, and authors are free to tailor the statements to their particular situation so long as they addressed criteria 1-5 listed above.
The content of the Transparency and Open Science Statement will not be used as a basis for acceptance or rejection of your manuscript.
Open Science Badges. Accepted manuscripts that answer in affirmative to #1, #4, or #5 above will be eligible to receive a corresponding Open Science Badge (see https://osf.io/tvyxz/). Open Science Badges will be affixed to the to the final version of the accepted article to signify the use of open and transparent practices. The following badges will be available:
Open Data – The raw data used in the manuscript are freely available via a DOI or other persistent identifier.
Open Materials – All study materials used in the manuscript are freely available via a DOI or other persistent identifier.
Pre-registered + analysis – The study design and target analyses were pre-registered and the manuscript contains a link to a permanent, time-stamped, and uneditable pre-registration plan housed on an open science repository. The Open Science Framework (https://osf.io) is the preferred site for housing pre-registration plans, but authors are free to use similar alternatives. Importantly, use of pre-registered analysis plans does not preclude the inclusion of exploratory analyses, but rather formalizes the distinction between confirmatory and exploratory analyses. Emerging Adulthood only issues pre-registration badges for manuscripts that contain pre-registered analyses.
Authors will complete an Open Practices Disclosure Form upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. Eligible badges will then be affixed to the final type-set version of the article.
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SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Teaching of Psychology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Contributor's publishing agreement
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Open access and author archiving
Teaching of Psychology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
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Preparing your Manuscript for Submission
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex temTeaching of Psychologyes are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
At Teaching of Psychology, we ask authors to create a structured abstract when submitting to the journal. Structured abstracts benefit our readers in several ways. For instance, structured abstracts will standardize the way abstracts are written for ToP and will provide a guide for ToP authors in how to summarize the content of their manuscripts in a clear and concise manner. They will also be easier to read and access by others. Structured abstracts will enhance and streamline the search process for researchers to cite ToP articles.
There are two formats for a structured abstract, depending on the nature of the submission: Data driven papers and position papers. For position articles there is a maximum of 175 words and for data driven articles there is a maximum of 200 words per abstract. Below you will find the general format, explanation for each section (as described in brackets and different font color) for each type of abstract and two examples.
Data Driven Article Structured Abstract
For these types of article submissions, please include (in this order) a section on the background, objective(s), method, results, conclusion, and teaching implications.
An Annotated Example of a Structured Abstract for Data Driven Papers
Richmond, A. S., Morgan, R. K., Slattery, J., Mitchell, N. G., & Cooper, A. G., (2019). Project Syllabus: An exploratory study of learner-centered syllabi. Teaching of Psychology, 46, 6-15. doi:10.1177/0098628318816129
Background: [A rationale for conducting the study. Possibly include the problem to be solved or the need to conduct the study.] Recent research suggests that designing a syllabus using learner-centered principles may increase students’ perceptions of their instructor on the characteristics of rapport, caring, helpfulness, willingness to seek help from the instructor, and student motivation.
Objective: [The purpose, research question, hypothesis or the main goal of the study.] The purpose of this study was to establish the extent to which peer-reviewed publish syllabi were designed using learner-centered principles.
Method: [A brief but detailed description of the procedures of the study. Include sample, measure, and how the study was executed.] Two raters coded 109 syllabi from Project Syllabus on the learner-center factors of community, power and control, and evaluation and assessment and measured the length of the syllabus in words and pages, year published, and number of images.
Results: [A brief description of what was found in the study. Possibly include whether the research question and/or hypotheses were confirmed or disconfirmed.] The syllabi were disproportionately learner-centered on most of the factors assessed. There were moderate to strong associations among learner-centered factors, syllabus length, and use of images in syllabi. Finally, syllabi have become increasingly more learner-centered over a 19-year period.
Conclusion: [Accounts for results, suggests explanations, points out things that may have been overlooked, and suggests areas for further research.] As demonstrated in this study, well designed and peer reviewed syllabi tend to be learner-centered, contain more detail, and use images.
Teaching Implications: [A suggestion on how to use the results of this study in any facet of teaching of psychology. May include practical applications or general suggestions.] To improve the rapport with students, teachers should consider revising their syllabi to incorporate more learner-centered principles, be more detailed, and use images where appropriate.
An Example of a Structured Abstract for Data Driven Papers
Blessing, S. B., Blessing, J. S., & Fleck, B. K. B. (2012). Using Twitter to reinforce classroom concepts. Teaching of Psychology, 39, 268–271. https://doi.org/10.1177/0098628312461484
Background: Social networking sites like Twitter enable people to be in constant contact and communication but their value in meeting educational objectives is less clear.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether using social media such as Twitter to deliver course content improved student’s test scores.
Method: In a randomized between-subject design 63 students received an informative tweet containing course content or a humorous tweet about once per day. Students were then measured on their content knowledge using a cued-recall and recognition task at four separate times during the semester.
Results: On the cued-recall task, there were no differences between the two conditions. However, when comparing the recognition task (e.g., multiple choice test questions), students in the psychology content condition significantly outperformed students in the humor tweet condition.
Conclusion: The Twitter intervention appears to be an effective way to increase memory for important class concepts regardless of whether humor is used.
Teaching Implications: With the seeming ubiquity of social networking site usage among college students, integrating a means of learning within that information stream may be effective and beneficial method of delivering small amounts of content.
Position Article Structured Abstract
For these types of article submissions, please include (in this order) a section on the introduction, statement of the problem, literature review, teaching implications, and conclusion.
An Annotated Example of a Structured Abstract for Position Papers
Introduction: [Provides insights into one or more themes in the state of the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning.] As the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) continues to gain respect as a formal type of research, more emphasize is understandably placed on empirical validation of our work, including classroom demonstrations.
Statement of the Problem: [Provides a specific issue that has arisen as the field has developed.] I worry that SoTL researchers will overlook activities and demonstrations that engages students and promotes a positive learning atmosphere, such as increased willingness to participate in classroom discussions.
Literature Review: [Contains an integrative review of the literature pertinent to the problem identified.] I review a number of published articles containing demonstrations without empirical validation of student learning outcomes, but that I have used in my own classes.
Teaching Implications: [Details how teachers can use the literature review to improve desirable student outcomes or otherwise improve their teaching and mentoring.] I point out and discuss reasons why some activities and demonstrations do not receive empirical validation. Furthermore, I consider the arguments against my suggestion for “vigor over rigor.”
Conclusion: [Explicates how the literature review and teaching implications advance the state of the scholarship of teaching and learning.] SoTL outlets can publish particularly novel and seemingly engaging activities and demonstrations without student learning outcomes. I discuss how vigor can be incorporated into the increasing “rigor” of SoTL work without blemishing the respect SoTL has been earning in recent years.
An Example of a Structured Abstract for a Position Paper
Bartsch, R. A., Bittner, W. M. E., & Moreno, J. E., Jr. (2008). A design to improve internal validity of assessments of teaching demonstrations. Teaching of Psychology, 35, 357-359. doi:10.1080/00986280802373809
Introduction: Throughout higher education, there is an increasing need to assess student learning outcomes. Furthermore, there is an increasing need to conduct such assessments in a scientifically rigorous manner.
Statement of the Problem: It is often difficult to carry out internally valid assessments of student learning for a variety of reasons, such as difficulty obtaining an appropriate control group and using random assignment in a classroom setting.
Literature Review: Much published research assessing the effects of demonstrations on student learning has suffered from testing and measurement confounds. We introduce a potential design to ameliorate these problems: a one–group pretest–posttest design with alternative forms.
Teaching Implications: Using a one-group pretest-posttest design with alternative forms allows teachers to increase the internal validity of their assessments of learning demonstration, within the constraint of having a single class section.
Conclusion: Using the basic 2x2 between-subjects analysis-of-variance, teachers can assess the effectiveness of their classroom demonstrations and show external constituencies that their classroom demonstrations promote learning.
Artwork, figures and other graphics
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Teaching of Psychology adheres to the APA reference style (i.e., 7th edition). View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. All papers should be prepared in American English.
English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
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Submitting your Manuscript
Teaching of Psychology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ToP to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
If a paper is not suitable for publication in Teaching of Psychology, we will inform the authors as soon as possible (usually within about 1 week after their submission). If the paper is generally suitable for Teaching of Psychology, we aim to provide an editor’s report based on at least two sets of reviewers’ comments within 12 weeks after their submission. Teaching of Psychology is published four times per year, and authors should not expect their paper to appear in the forthcoming issue subsequent to their submission being received.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process, SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review Teaching of Psychology forms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
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Acceptance and Publication
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
Online First publication
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Promoting your article
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning WorkshopIf you are looking for ways to improve your SoTL research skills, the STP SoTL Workshop is designed to support faculty/graduate student members in receiving guidance on SoTL research from an experienced mentor and consult with both statistical and publication experts. Each participant is placed with a mentor and a team of 3-4 peers. Participants are supported in designing studies, analyzing learning data, and writing/revising a complete manuscript. Mentors work virtually with their teams starting in June and the experience culminates at the SoTL Workshop during the ACT Conference. Please refer to the STP website for more details http://teachpsych.org/SoTLWorkshop